The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that they have reached 200 cases of Ebola in the current outbreak that is registered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of which 125 have died, confirming again the high mortality that causes this sickness.
The epidemic outbreak takes place in the province of North Kivu and has been concentrated in recent weeks in one of its three main cities, Beni, where 82% of new cases come from, said the spokesman of the organization, Tarik Jasarevic.
A total of 35 infected people were counted in the last week, of which 29 reside in Beni, where WHO anticipated that they will now concentrate their efforts.
One of the central reasons for the spread of the virus in the eastern city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is insecurity, the spokesperson recalled.
North Kivu, like other adjoining provinces, is the scene of an armed conflict involving government forces and various rebel armed factions.
A recent attack that left several civilians dead forced the WHO to suspend for some days its activities of epidemiological surveillance, monitoring of people who had contact with sick people, as well as vaccination.
"The attacks are not aimed at workers who fight Ebola, but they do not allow teams to run at full capacity on a daily basis, sometimes they can go to certain areas only a couple of hours because there are protests or exchange of shots," explained Jasarevic.
A part of the population of that area of the DRC has shown distrust and reluctance to follow the recommendations of the WHO to stop the transmission of Ebola, either by the consequences caused by decades of conflict or by local beliefs.
"We continue to see cases of people who first go to healers who combine modern and traditional medicine, and are slow to go to treatment centers, which makes it harder to save their lives," the spokesman said.
To control this outbreak, 15,000 people – including health workers – have been vaccinated against Ebola and 8,000 people are followed up who kept in contact with the sick while they were incubating the virus or when they started showing symptoms.